Following his team's 35-9 win over the Colts, Jets coach Rex Ryan said that he wasn't going to get into a war of words with the Patriots. At least not yet. 

"I don't feel like tugging on Superman's cape today," Ryan told reporters. "Maybe tomorrow." 

The Jets are now 3-3 heading into their showdown next Sunday with the Patriots in Foxboro. The Pats won both meetings last season. 

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is active for the first time since injuring his right ankle on Sept. 16 while rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower is missing his second straight game with a hamstring injury. 

The Patriots inactives list also includes tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion), receiver Julian Edelman (hand), safety Steve Gregory (hip), linebacker Tracy White (foot), offensive lineman Matt Tennant and defensive end Jake Bequette. 

Edelman, Gregory, Hightower and White were ruled out before Sunday's inactive list came out. 

Here are the 10 premiere matchups in Sunday’s Patriots-Seahawks game in Seattle:

FOXBORO -- Safety Steve Gregory (hip) and linebacker Tracy White (foot) have both been ruled out for Sunday’s game in Seattle against the Seahawks. In addition, the Patriots listed 14 players as “questionable” for the game, a group that includes tight ends Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (hip) and wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle). Here’s the complete rundown:



S Steve Gregory (hip)

LB Tracy White (foot)


Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly Patriots Friday appearance on Mut & Merloni to preview Sunday's Patriots-Seahawks game. King is predicting a Seattle victory, and he touched on his reasons why.

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had a bag packed for Seattle, and coach Bill Belichick said he "could be a game-time decision" for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, but Hernandez was one of three Patriots not on the field as the team held practice on Friday. 

In addition to Hernandez, who has been out since leaving the team's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals with an ankle injury, Tracy White (foot) and Steve Gregory (hip) were not present for practice. 

Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins checked in with Mut & Merloni on Friday, as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Seahawks in Seattle.

Pats linebacker Brandon Spikes has been criticized this week for a joke he tweeted about homosexuals. Mankins, who on Thursday was asked by news reporters for his opinion of the situation, said he has little patience for distractions such as this. He also noted that Bill Belichick warns players early on to avoid such situations.

FOXBORO -- The 2010 Patriots were the modern-day gold standard for takeaways -- they finished the regular season at a remarkable plus-28.

FOXBORO -- Quarterback Tom Brady was moved off the injury report, while wide receiver Julian Edelman went from a DNP to limited Thursday for the Patriots. Here's the complete injury report: 

Did Not Practice

Steve Gregory (hip)

Michael Hoomanawanui (concussion)

Tracy White (foot) 

Limited Participation

RB Brandon Bolden (knee)

DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle)

WR Julian Edelman (hand)

FOXBORO -- After spending an extended stretch on the shelf, wide receiver Julian Edelman returned to the practice field for the Patriots on Thursday. Edelman, who was injured in a September loss to Baltimore, was back on the field with a protective brace on his left hand. However, safety Steve Gregory, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and linebacker Tracy White were all missing from the start of the session, which was held on the practice fields behind Gillette in sweats and shells.